COLUMBIA CITY â While the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has made some Americans fear guns â itâs been nearly the opposite effect for local residents.
As guns appear to be flying off the shelves, many citizens are exercising their right to bear arms, as President Obama created a gun task force Wednesday â with the potential for more gun control.
The Whitley County Sheriffâs Department has seen a dramatic increase in gun permit applications. WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the department typically saw two to three permit applications per week.
The National Weather Service has put Whitley County under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday.
The advisory warns of strong winds and heavy blowing snow. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph and snowfall could reach accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.
Strong winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow and reduce visibility.
Stay tuned to The Post & Mail's website for weather updates.
Lois A. Dunfee, 72, of rural Columbia City, died at 7:26 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Tuesday.
She was born April 25, 1940, in Tunker, a daughter of Russell C. and Dorothy E. (Wright) Hawn.
The family lived in Tunker until 1944 when they moved to Columbia City. She attended Columbia City High School and completed her GED.
PIERCETON â An after-school choir, comprised of elementary students from South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools performed at the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting Monday night. Whitko After-School Choir consists of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Patricia Schoemaker. Forty students practice once a week at the school they attend for an hour. The performance Monday was a holiday theme made up of three Christmas songs.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.
Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Mondayâs meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.
The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.
A trio of Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grade students, called the Hyrdropolis Team, presented their project at the Whitley County Consolidated School Board meeting Monday night.
The students had to solve a problem of rain water runoff for a futuristic city.
Pictured, from left, are Eric Burkholder, Caleb Binkley and Jake Rensner.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated School Districtâs board of school trustees approved a measure at Mondayâs meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.
The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team went from hockey-like, physical play on Friday against East Noble to the run-and-gun tempo of Wawasee on Tuesday.
Despite being caught off guard early in the contest and facing a 14-point deficit, the Eagles pulled out an 89-66 win over the Warriors.
âIâm proud of the way our guys stuck with it,â said Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict. âThey did a really good job of keeping their composure.â
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ âWe offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,â said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesdayâs school board meeting.
Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.
âWe worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,â said Hansen. âWe gave out a lot of hugs.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighborâs house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.
A westbound vehicle didnât see the girl, who was âjust a few steps away from her driveway,â according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.